by Peter Riley

Part of a Series: The Real Scientist Investigates.

It’s appropriate that this heavily illustrated work’s table of contents is a colorful mix of photos of planets, equipment for astronomical observations, and diverse kids enjoying scientific exploration. The chapters listed there, such as “Shapes in the Stars,” “Space Rubble,” and “Looking for Life” are framed by an opening explanation of “How to Be a Real Scientist,” which, among other things, provides a useful sidebar explaining the scientific method. Each chapter spread outlines an activity (recreating the phases of the moon using paper and a flashlight, making an orrery, creating modeling clay meteorites—in easy, illustrated steps accompanied by sidebars encouraging young scientists to observe, predict, and record, and offering extra questions prompting them to think about how their creation works. A “Results and Answers” spread discusses what to look for in each activity, providing extra scientific background as well; it is followed by a useful annotated website listing. Browsers will be drawn to this attractive volume and will find engaging and informative material within.

ISBN: 9781597712842

JLG Release: July 2011

JLG Member Price

Out of Stock

Series Nonfiction: Science 3-5

Grades 3-5


12 books / $20.25 a book

  • Book Details




    Print Book





    Page Count


    Trim Size

    8 1/4" x 10 3/8"

    Dewey Classification


    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 6, Points: 1

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level: 6.6, Points: 3


    Level: IG890L

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